Surgery After a Car Accident in Alabama
The attorney you need to fight for maximum compensation
Any injury sustained in a car accident has the potential to change your life, but injuries that require surgery are especially life-altering. You may be looking at a lengthy recovery period and significant limitations on your ability to do your job, care for your family, or do the things you love, not to mention your medical bills and related costs.
The accident wasn’t your fault. You shouldn’t have to go through the recovery on your own. If you sustained an injury requiring surgery in a car wreck, contact Dean Waite & Associates, LLC today. Our car accident attorneys fight for injured people in Mobile and throughout Alabama.
Types of surgery that may be required after a car wreck
Car accidents can damage many parts of the body, so there are many types of surgery that may be required to help repair the damage. Surgery may be recommended for acute injuries requiring immediate intervention or symptoms that won’t go away with more conservative treatment. Common surgeries after car accidents include:
- Trauma surgery – immediate surgery, usually performed in the emergency room, to stabilize a car accident victim with acute, life-threatening injuries.
- Knee surgery – procedures to repair damage to the knees, from arthroscopic knee surgery to total knee replacement.
- Shoulder surgery – rotator cuff surgery, brachial plexus surgery, shoulder replacement, and orthopedic procedures to repair shoulder fractures.
- Brain surgery – procedures to relieve a brain bleed or manage other brain injuries sustained in the wreck.
- Spinal surgery – spinal fusion surgery, spinal decompression surgery, and other procedures to repair damage to the vertebrae and/or nerves.
- Plastic surgery – various reconstructive procedures to restore form and function, including facial reconstruction surgery.
Some types of injuries may require immediate surgery after a car accident. Others may require surgery months, years, or even decades later. But all these costs should be included in your compensation for your car wreck.
How does surgery affect a car accident settlement?
While every case is different and there is no single average settlement, car accident injuries that require surgery tend to result in larger settlements than those that do not. That’s because the cost of surgery can impact your life in many ways. Some examples include:
- Medical expenses – not just the cost of the surgery itself, but also pre-operative and post-operative care, medications, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other medical expenses you may incur because of the surgery.
- Lost wages – many surgeries will keep you out of work for weeks or months, leading to a significant loss of income.
- Replacement services – if you are on bed rest or have other physical limitations, you may need to hire someone to complete household tasks like cleaning, maintenance, or childcare.
- Pain and suffering – not just the pain you sustained in the car wreck itself, but also pain associated with surgery and recovery.
Unfortunately, the insurance companies are well aware of the cost of surgery. That’s why they fight hard to pay accident victims as little as possible – or nothing at all. Their goal is to protect their bottom line. Our job is to fight for your legal rights and maximize your compensation.
Contact an experienced car accident attorney today
Dean Waite & Associates knows how to fight for people who are in a car accident and need surgery. We know how to investigate, determine who was responsible for the wreck, and build your case for compensation. We also know how to calculate damages (financial compensation) for your injuries, including retaining medical experts if necessary to explain the cost of your surgery, potential complications, and the long-term effects on your health.
When you’re involved in a car accident, surgery can dramatically increase the cost and time required to rebuild your life. You don’t have to go through this process on your own. We can guide you forward every step of the way. Schedule your free consultation with an experienced Alabama car accident lawyer today. If you can’t come to our office in Mobile, AL, then we can come to you.